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Last week, I got the chance to catch a screening of one of this fall’s most anticipated dramas, the Sundance favorite Whiplash. Although I loved the film – stay tuned for my review, which will run during the Toronto Film Festival – I clicked on watching the new international trailer with trepidation. Why would I want to subject myself to J.K. Simmons’ terrifying performance again?
The film’s madness and suspense is all-consuming and the new two-minute ad clearly shows why this high-octane option has been a top hit at film festivals since the beginning of the year. (Nevertheless, my companion Dominic Mill had a more muted response to the film when it premiered at Sundance.)
Although the film is a drama, it has the searing intensity of a tightly coiled thriller. J.K. Simmons is bound to get a flurry of awards love for his penetrating performance as the ruthless, no-nonsense Fletcher. »
- Jordan Adler
Whiplash is seriously one of the greatest films you will see this year, so when it comes out on October 10th, don't hesitate to watch it. It was one of the first films that I saw this year, and it's still holding strong as one of my favorites of the year.
Miles Teller stars in the film as Andrew Neyman, a young jazz drummer who attends one of the top music schools in the country. He ends up under the guidance of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz, Terence Fletcher, brilliantly played by J.K. Simmons. This is not a guy you want to mess with, and you'll get a little taste of the insanity that this movie has to offer in the new international trailer below.
Both of the main actors give the best performances of their careers. If you haven't already, make sure to read our review of it here. »
- Joey Paur
A new Whiplash trailer has gone online, and it gave me flashbacks of how much the film unnerved me when I saw it at Sundance. The film stars Miles Teller as a student jazz drummer who aspires to greatness under a ruthless instructor, played with palpable intensity by J.K. Simmons. Although some may want to file this under "drama", make no mistake: this is one of the scariest horror films of the year. The word "horror" usually implies something supernatural and thriller conveys some form of excitement. Whiplash is nerve-wracking dread, but it's still a must-see, especially for Teller and Simmons' performances. Hit the jump to check out the international Whiplash trailer. The film opens October 10th. Via Ad Vitam. Here's the synopsis for Whiplash: A pedagogical thriller and an emotional S&M two-hander, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is brilliantly acted by Miles Teller as an eager jazz drummer »
- Matt Goldberg
When Marvel announced its plan to create four new TV shows to stream on Netflix – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage – there was something of a collective eye-rolling. With DC characters having been successful on TV for over a decade (Smallville, for example), and a slew of new ventures already in the works for them (Arrow, Gotham, The Flash, Constantine), Marvel’s announcement felt perhaps like an attempt to keep up with its competitors on the small screen – a motivation that does not always yield the greatest results. All of those qualms were put to rest, however, when Daredevil casting choices began to hit the headlines – Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) as Matt Murdock, Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) and, in the iconic, villainous role of Wilson Fisk, the great Vincent D’Onofrio.
There are a vast number of good, talented actors working in the industry today, »
- Sarah Myles
Marvel Studios’ continued success is certainly in part due to its habit of recruiting top-notch acting talent, to bring the eccentric, outlandish and/or otherwise fantastical inhabitants of its comic book universe to life on either the big screen and/or TV. Case in point, the first of its upcoming Hell’s Kitchen-based Netflix series, Daredevil, will be headlined by a reputable squad that includes Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and celebrated “actor’s actor” Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).
D’Onofrio, who memorably played dangerous and/or disturbed people (or, in certain cases, non-humans) in such films as Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black, and The Cell, is following in the footsteps of the late ...
Click to continue reading ‘Daredevil’: Vincent D’Onofrio On Playing Kingpin & Acting for Marvel
- Sandy Schaefer
We write about the film business cynically as a business, but we’re a bunch of film geeks, really. I thought this when I experienced moments ago the closest thing a guy on his couch will face to a “Sophie’s Choice.” On Spike TV, there was the incomparable Roy Scheider slinging chum off the back of a boat, and a giant great white shark surfacing in Jaws, and Scheider telling Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And on AMC, at the same time, there’s Goodfellas, nearing its climax, when Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) is directed by Jimmy (Robert De Niro) to go in a storefront to pick out dresses. This after she sets up a meeting between Jimmy and her recently pinched husband Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who’s about to go rat on his Lufthansa heist pal. What would have happened had Karen gone »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Opening Night – World Premiere
David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m
David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (Treme, Friday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage, »
“Coldwater” is the story of what happens to a baby-faced hunk after his mom sends him to a juvenile rehabilitation facility. Never mind that he sells drugs, starts fights at parties and is directly responsible for the death of an innocent friend. As played by heartthrob-in-the-making P.J. Boudousque, the character is evidently just too cute to deserve rehabilitation. A passion project more than a decade in the making for director Vincent Grashaw, this uneven arthouse- and VOD-bound indie — released unrated, but suitable for teens — lies somewhere between indignant expose and unusually tasteful exploitation pic, with shower scenes and sweaty young delinquents aplenty.
Though it never strays far from the prison-abuse-movie playbook, “Coldwater” doesn’t exactly look or feel like other examples of the genre, hewing closer to the aesthetic found in Bruce Weber’s Abercrombie & Fitch photography. Bathed in a rich, golden glow, the pic has an almost dreamlike feel to it. »
- Peter Debruge
God Fearing Man tells the true story of Canadian minister Herbert Emerson Wilson, who became one of the best safecrackers and most successful American bank robbers in the early 20th century. The project is currently being adapted by British screenwriter Stephen R. Clark.
Hall will take on the role of Wilson, and he will also be an executive producer on the drama for Entertainment One. Also producing is Philip Hobbs, who worked with Kubrick for more than 15 years and produced Full Metal Jacket.
Michael Rosenberg, eOne Television’s exec vp U.S. scripted television, said in a statement:
"Kubrick’s God Fearing Man presents a larger-than-life story with a complicated protagonist who undergoes a radical transformation. We knew we had to secure a leading man »
- Joey Paur
Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick left behind a few unproduced projects when he passed, but now one of them appears to be finally moving forward. THR reports that Michael C. Hall will star in the Kubrick-penned God Fearing Man, which is being shopped to networks as a miniseries. Entertainment One is producing the mini, which tells the true story of Canadian minister turned safecracker Herbert Emerson Wilson, who stole nearly $16,000,000 as an American bank robber in the early 20th Century. Hall will play Wilson and also executive produce the project alongside Steve Lanning and Philip Hobbs of Philco Films. Hobbs was a frequent collaborator of Kubrick’s, having worked on a number of projects including Full Metal Jacket. Since the dreadful ending of Dexter, Hall has sought out work in more independent fare as of late. He had a memorable turn in last year’s Kill Your Darlings and fronted the genre »
- Adam Chitwood
A year after the final season of Showtime’s Dexter, Michael C. Hall is set to return to the small screen playing another complex antihero – though this one appears to be more into bank-robbing than bloodletting. The Emmy nominee is set to star in God Fearing Man, Stanley Kubrick’s unproduced drama which has been in development at Entertainment One since 2012.
British screenwriter Stephen R. Clark is penning the series, which will tell the stranger-than-fiction true story of Canadian minister Herbert Emerson Wilson, who eventually became one of the best safecrackers and most successful American bank robbers in the early 20th century. Hall is both starring as Wilson and executive-producing. Philip Hobbs, who worked with Kubrick for 15 years on projects including Full Metal Jacket, is also producing along with Philco Films’ Steve Lanning (The Secret Garden).
Said Michael Rosenberg, eOne’s executive vice president of U.S. scripted television:
- Isaac Feldberg
Over the last couple of years a number of extensive, impressive behind-the-scenes photos from almost all of Stanley Kubrick's films have surfaced online, ending up in complete galleries (see this one for 2001) showing the entirety of production. While we've all poured over these photos, a brand new set of shots are appearing online thanks to tweets from Kubrick's own daughter, Vivian Kubrick. Tweeting with the name @ViKu1111, she's been posting a series of B&W editing room shots, which she says came about because her father gave her a Nikkormat camera for a Christmas present in 1974 and she went photo crazy. Take a look. For those doubting whether this twitter account is real, her shots are one-of-a-kind and they're all the kind you'd only see from a close family member. Her profile says: "Vivian Kubrick is the daughter of film director Stanley Kubrick, she wrote the film score for »
- Alex Billington
There are great dangers in being an actor. The cutthroat competition, the grueling days on set… and the obsessed serial killers. Well, that serial killer thing isn't the norm, but it's front and center in Pieces of Talent.
Now available to stream, as well as on DVD and in old school VHS format, Pieces of Talent was co-written and directed by Joe Stauffer. It stars co-writer David Long. He is joined in the cast by Kristi Ray, Jon Stafford (Full Metal Jacket), Barbara Weetman (Stuck in Love) and Taylor Kowalski (Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever).
- Scott Hallam
We've been hearing that such actors as Joaquin Phoenix, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy have met with Marvel to play the lead role in the upcoming "Doctor Strange" film, which will be directed by Scott Derrickson. But Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, The Dark Knight Rises) is hoping that the studio would consider him as well, regularly taking to Twitter to let Marvel know that he wants the role. In a new interview with Empire magazine, Modine revealed that he's very serious about this. "Whenever there's an opportunity to work in a high-profile film, and in this case such a delicious role, you want the appropriate people to be aware of your interest," he said. "It would be interesting to see if Marvel might take notice of voices on Twitter." Modine is aware of the type of actors that Marvel is reaching out to, but is hoping that the studio »
We’ve heard several high-profile names tossed around for the part of Marvel’s upcoming film featuring the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. Academy Award winner Jared Leto, fan-favorite Benedict Cumberbatch, Locke star Tom Hardy, Deliver Us From Evil star Edgar Ramirez, and three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix have all been rumored for the role, but today a new name was added to the mix, and it’s… Matthew Modine?
That’s right, The Dark Knight Rises, Weeds, and Full Metal Jacket alum’s name has cropped up for Doctor Strange, but not in the way you might think. No trades reported his involvement, and no one has rumored him for the role. Instead, Modine has tossed his own name into the ring, and the actor is campaigning hard for the role on Twitter.
- James Garcia
When Full Metal Jacket/The Dark Knight Rises actor Matthew Modine sent out a Tweet to Marvel expressing his interest in the Doctor Strange role, I think most of us just thought he was gauging interest and had no intentions of following it up. Well, that is certainly not the case, as Modine has continued his Twitter campaign, and has a large number of supporters who regularly Tweet Marvel on his behalf. Now, in an interview with Empire Modine makes it very clear that he is serious about being considered -- he really wants this role. "Whenever there's an opportunity to work in a high-profile film, and in this case such a delicious role, you want the appropriate people to be aware of your interest", he tells the mag. "It would be interesting to see if Marvel might take notice of voices on Twitter. We live in a brave new »
In the Sept. 28 season premiere of The Simpsons, a familiar character from the animated comedy will meet his/her maker. Is it Homer? Of course it’s not—that would be dumber than… well, Homer in pretty much any situation.
But in this scene from the episode, which was screened at the Simpsons’ Comic-Con panel on Saturday, he looks to be in pretty rough shape. See for yourself in the video below and then begin wildly speculating about who will be six feet under by the end of the episode, titled… “Clown in the Dumps.”
D’ohn’t just sit there scratching your head. »
- Dan Snierson
It made a splash opening Sundance, wowed Cannes and will likely get awards mentions later this year -- so "Whiplash" will leave a mark. Watch the first trailer ahead of its Toronto Film Festival play this fall. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star for writer-director Damien Chazelle ("Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" and scribe behind this year's "Grand Piano"), playing respective 19-year-old drummer-protégé and tough-as-nails mentor locked up at a Manhattan music academy, pitted against one another in the attempt to become a percussion legend. This intense, high-anxiety film has been described as "'Full Metal Jacket' with drums," with ferocious lead performances and a fine visual palette. Amidst the fare that typically comes with a fall season, Sony will give "Whiplash" a release on October 10. Watch our exclusive video interview with Miles Teller here, and read our »
- Nick Newman
Everyone has either experienced bullying or known a bully at some point in their lives. It’s this universal experience that has led to the history of cinema being littered with horrible bullies, from Back to the Future’s bone-headed Biff Tannen to the fast-talking insult machine Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. These characters make it their mission to belittle and hurt people who they think are below them, sometimes using violence to assert their dominance. Bullies are evil, plain and simple.
Thankfully, filmmakers love to give evil characters their comeuppance in the end. For every horrible cinematic bully, there’s an underdog willing to stand up to them and give them a taste of their own medicine. Sometimes the retribution comes in the form of violence and even murder, but often a triumphant speech of defiance is all it takes to send a movie bully running for the hills. »
- Tom Beasley
With filming underway on Marvel’s first Netflix miniseries Daredevil, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight took a moment to talk about the upcoming series during last night’s world premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in Hollywood, promising a “gritty 1970′s New York” feel to the show.
“We’re going for a very kind of gritty, 1970′s New York feel for the show. We love the idea of beauty in the decay of the city and Hell’s Kitchen being a place that is both horrible and beautiful at the same time, and that’s why Matt Murdock loves it so much and wants to protect it.”
You can watch the red carpet interview with DeKnight here…
Daredevil is set to arrive on Netflix some time next year, with a cast that includes Charlie Cox (Stardust) as Matt Murdock, Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) as the Kingpin, Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, »
- Gary Collinson
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